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Game 2: Lightning even series after beating Bruins in overtime

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Posted at 8:16 PM, Aug 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 07:30:46-04

TORONTO -- The Tampa Bay Lightning evened the series against the defending Eastern Conference champions, the Boston Bruins, after an overtime goal from Ondrej Palat put the Bolts up 4-3 in Game 2.

Boston drew first blood after a goal from Nick Ritchie in the first period. Shortly after the Bruins goal, the Lightning thought they had tied the game until the goal was called back due to a narrow offside from Brayden Point.

Blake Coleman finally put Tampa Bay on the board after a diving goal just under 13 minutes into the first period.

In the second period, Bruins' Brad Marchand found the back of the net to bring Boston up 2-1 a little over 14 minutes into the period. A little less than a minute later, Bolts' Nikita Kucherov answered with a goal to tie the game up at 2-2.

In the third period, Blake Coleman scored his second goal of the game to put the Bolts up 3-2 a little past the midway point. With less than four minutes into the third period, Brad Marchand scored his second goal of the game to draw even at 3 goals apiece.

Palat cashed in on an assist from teammates Yanni Gourde and Pat Maroon to score the game-winning goal.

The Bolts dropped Game 1 to the Bruins after falling short 3-2. Tampa Bay nearly came back from a 3-0 deficit through the middle of the third period after a pair of late goals from Victor Hedman.


The Lightning secured the second seed in the Eastern Conference bracket after finishing second to the Philadelphia Flyers in round-robin play. Tampa Bay beat the Columbus Blue Jackets, the team the Lightning got swept by in the first round of the 2019 playoffs, in five hard-fought games.

Tampa Bay finished second in the pandemic-shortened regular season to the Boston Bruins. Despite finishing the regular season with the best record, the Bruins finished last in round-robin play so Boston secured the fourth seed in the first round of the playoffs.

The Bruins advanced to the second round after taking the series 4-1 over the Carolina Hurricanes.